Town of
Danby
 
 Town Historian 


Danby Town Hall

Mary Ann Barr

At last this Historian's page is up and running!  Here you will find information and tidbits about Danby history and recent discoveries.  The page is still being workied on so you won't find much information yet.  But check back in a few days.  Thank you for your patience. 

 

Brief Danby History Danby is a rural town spread out among the hills and manyacres of reforested New York State land. Buttermilk Creekruns north through the town on its way to the gorge and fallsin Buttermilk Falls State Park. Throughout its history Danbyhas been chiefly agricultural. The northern area of the townwas first settled in 1795 by two families named Yaple andDumond who had lost their claim to land in Ithaca. Two yearslater Dr. Lewis Beers formed another settlement in SouthDanby. In 1811 Prince de Plessis, an African American whogained his freedom by Revolutionary War service, settled herewith his wife, Lement, and four grown children. Originally partof the Watkins and Flint land purchase and subsequentlyincorporated as part of Spencer in Tioga County, Danby wasannexed to Tompkins County in 1822. Many Danby residentshave a Spencer postal address today. The Ithaca-OwegoTurnpike (Rt 96B), a toll road completed in 1810, opened theregion to commerce, becoming a state highway in 1841.During the early 20th century Danby had a significant Finnishpopulation. The town has two active communities today—Danby and West Danby.

 

Current History Happenings Danby is a rural town spread out among the hills and manyacres of reforested New York State land. Buttermilk Creekruns north through the town on its way to the gorge and fallsin Buttermilk Falls State Park. Throughout its history Danbyhas been chiefly agricultural. The northern area of the townwas first settled in 1795 by two families named Yaple andDumond who had lost their claim to land in Ithaca. Two yearslater Dr. Lewis Beers formed another settlement in SouthDanby. In 1811 Prince de Plessis, an African American whogained his freedom by Revolutionary War service, settled herewith his wife, Lement, and four grown children. Originally partof the Watkins and Flint land purchase and subsequentlyincorporated as part of Spencer in Tioga County, Danby wasannexed to Tompkins County in 1822. Many Danby residentshave a Spencer postal address today. The Ithaca-OwegoTurnpike (Rt 96B), a toll road completed in 1810, opened theregion to commerce, becoming a state highway in 1841.During the early 20th century Danby had a significant Finnishpopulation. The town has two active communities today—Danby and West Danby.